Item No: facjp00044
Title: No. 18 "Okitsu: Okitsu River" from the series Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido
Print and Picture Collection
"In the early 1830's, Hiroshige's first landscape prints appeared. He subsequently became the leading landscape artist and was especially known for his series on the Tokaido highway that connected Edo (present day Tokyo) with Kyoto. The earliest and most famous of these, generally known by the name of the publisher as 'Hoeido ban Tokaido' (Tokaido published by Hoeido), was issued from 1832-33. Hiroshige III stated sixty years later that Hiroshige's designs are after sketches he took during a journey to Kyoto, however, most of his designs are undoubtedly inspired from illustrations in guide books like the Tokaido meisho zue ('Gathering of Views of Famouse Sightss alonf the Tokaido;' 1797) and even this alleged journey cannot be verified."
from "Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900", Andreas Marks. Tuttle Publishing. p.132
"The area around Okitsu, which is about six miles from Yui, comprises the Coast of Tago and the Forest of Miho, both of which are celebrated scenic spots."
from "The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido by Hiroshige", Tokyo, Japan. Heibonsha Ltd., Publishers, 1960. plate 18
note card with print
Okitsu: Okitsu River. Being borne across the river, by spindly-legged porters, are two huge, heavyweight sumo wrestlers. Hiroshige obviously found the spectacle ridiculous. In the background is the beach of Miho with its row of pine trees, called Miho no Matsubara ("The Groves of Miho"), which for centuries was a favored subject with poets and painters.
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Woodblock Prints - The Fifty-three Stations of the T?kaid? Road
Hiroshige, Utagawa, 1797-1858 - Artist
Takenouchi Magohachi - Publisher